O.K. this is the coolest. K just sent me this from Noah. Noah is the guy who raced her in the hallway to start this thread off some months ago. Yes, that guy! How cool is that? Here he tells us what has happened since that race:
Dear Mr. Slavic,
Je m’appelle Noah. Je suis un ami de K. Elle (raced) avec moi dans l’hall sur une jambe. Je veux (veut? , I think it’s veux but it could be veut, no it’s veux) a dit “Merci beaucoup!” parce que J’aime le classe de francais maintennant . C’est tres rigolo et tres comique. K est tres comique parce que les histores (stories?) sont tres comique. Je peut, sorry- Je peux apprendre (second verb alway is in infinitive,I think) le francais. Je suis heuroux (happy). This method you have is great – I enjoy French and can learn and understand it now. I am very auditory – writing is hard with dyslexia but now I can learn. I like that we go slowly – it helps a lot, and K says all of you that do this method go slowly or try to so thank you – a lot. K is very patient and helpful – with every class, not just le francais- i am supposed to use her computer to do biology now, but I don’t uderstand the reading, so I’m sure that K will read it with me and explain it. She always does that no matter how long it takes. Anyway, she says that you guys do that too – thanks again. This whole method is amazing because it can help everyone learn French and has helped me meet friends . Also, K probably hasn’t told you this, but, she gave us each a goal, and we gave her one. I passed an English test because of this and she learned to skateboard (sort of ) . This method is great so thanks for your work and please please continue!
[ed. note: I love how Noah goes back and forth on the spelling of vouloir above: “… je veux (veut?) , I think it’s veux but it could be veut, no it’s veux…”. That one sentence speaks volumes, because he knows that, as long as he can communicate, it really doesn’t matter]
CI and the Research (cont.)
Admins don’t actually read the research. They don’t have time. If or when they do read it, they do not really grasp it. How could
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I think it’s time to start calling it “A Boost to His Confidence” :o)
Noah now writes better than most kids in a non-TPRS class! C’est magnifique!
What a great story! This kid is a poster child (in a good way) for teaching with CI and love. It boosts my confidence just reading that.
I know that K has a disability, but she is not disabled. She is going around lighting fires in minds and hearts. When students like K and Noah start doing stuff like this, questioning, arguing, cajoling, bringing in their teachers (bless their open-mindedness!), mixing things up in the concretized world of education, we know that change is on its way.